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Santiago School of Rock a 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms of Global Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Enrique Gonzalez Barrenechea from EGBARQ addresses the design process for School of Rock in Santiago Chile.

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Describe this project in one word.

Roquero (closest translation:  rocky – like mountainous terrain)

How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

We focus design around experiences, how users live and how we can enhance, exalt it, feel and transmit. Santiago School of Rock is an experience of how music lessons and rehearsals can be experienced in different environments. Each room has an educational purpose. We worked with large image formats representing the different styles, classes and celebrities to help convey ‘rock’ in the classroom. Students are joyful regarding all aspects of the school – they don’t want to leave, they feel they are part of it. With a good design, the user wants to stay within the experience. Supporting the success of this institution, the school is listed second in enrollment world wide.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

The start of the design process has different stages. The first is to establish the real needs of the program. Second, determine how they interact with each other.  This is followed by looking at the technical requirements,  and finally, identifying the resources you have to set up the project. When all of these things are clarified, you open the door to the intuition and interpretation of these goals – and start designing. After a final review of all parts again –  and then of the design, there is a period of back-and-forth – always increasing the quality of the design and to balance of all the inputs. We support our work with 3d images, models, sketchs, drawings, schemes, samples of finishing materials. We are obsessive.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

Before advocating completely to the design of the expression of the project, make sure all technical aspects are in line. If  designing a kitchen, you would first make sure the user will be able to properly cook within this space.

Listen to the client, he knows his needs better than you do.

Allow others to participate in the design process. It´s always good to have the collaboration of others.

No matter the budget you have for the project, there are always ways to be creative. Review the elements and don’t overlook anything. There always ways to improve the design.

Practice coherence. All parts must add up to the major design. The language can be the same but not the expression.

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UCSF Medical Center a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Trisha Clark addresses the design process for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, CA.

Describe this project in one word. One-for-all!

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?This new children’s hospital activates the imagination and engages children’s in joyful activity.  Colorful and interactive architecture, sculptures and imagery provides a positive environment for patients alleviating some of the discomfort and providing inspiration along their path to recovery.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey. 

Working together side-by-side in a truly collaborative environment like the big room, over a long period of time significantly changed the way our designers integrated with the client and we became them and they became us, sharing each other’s concerns and passion for creativity.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

It takes a great deal of time and patience in working with your client to reach the optimal design solution.  There really is no one single solution and often reiteration of design is required.

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Diamond Head a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Makoto Horiike addresses the design process for Diamond Head in Tokyo Japan.

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Describe this project in one word.

静謐 Tranquility.

How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

A space filled with white, transparent atmosphere and symmetrical beauty offers a serene setting. Softer materials are used for comfort, a benefit for employees as they engage and collaborate within the work space. Design is a process.  The primary goal for this design is for on-site visitors to easily understand the client’s brand identity.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

Instead of simply decorating the surface of the target place, we should always aim for inhabitants to grasp the space through the design.

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Science Pyramid a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Kellie Depeder addresses the design process for Science Pyramid in Denver, CO.

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Describe this project in one word.

Biomimetic.

How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

This design accommodates the natural movement of visitors. As they journey from the entrance of the gardens, the paths and surrounding gardens lead their eyes to the pyramid. The transition from the open air gardens to the interior of the Science Pyramid is fluid and subtle. The skylight fracture down the center of the building along with multiple west facing vignettes allow visitors to remain connected to the gardens as they explore the exhibits.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

The design concept is derived from the sites environmental context and program requirements. The architectural elements were created to support the biomimetic design concept.  We developed numerous virtual 3D study models and sketches before we were satisfied with the final design.  Then we refined the custom detailing and material selections.  We worked with building envelope consultants to come up with the best building skin solution to meet a very specific design aesthetic and interior function.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

Be flexible with the design, but be firm with the design concept.

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Louis Dreyfus a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Andy Cheyne addresses the design process for Louis Dreyfus in Calgary Canada. 

Describe this project in one word. Responsive.

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

In this case, the mantra “choice equals personal effectiveness” resonated during the programming process and in the resulting design. By providing access to shared-public, shared-private or quiet-private space the space becomes responsive to the needs of its users.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

By beginning the project with getting to know our client Louis Dreyfus, we talked through their culture, their challenges and their vision, and were able to unveil the need for open collaboration, technology choices, and a bright interactive space. The result was a seamless open floorplan providing quiet areas with non-built components like furniture, drapery and ceiling elements that softly delineate the zones. Adjacent to the central staff café is a technology hub, with optimal video-conferencing collaboration. Against a neutral palette, cobalt blues and lemon yellows were used to brand and engage the employees, a further response to the need for a bright and interactive environment.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

For us, design is more than how a workplace looks. We believe good design has the power to transform how that workplace functions. By working with the team at Louis Dreyfus and learning about their organization’s goals, we were able to create an award winning space responsive to their needs.

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